Cooke, Robert Blaine
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formerly of Sun City West, AZ, passed away on October 21, 2012. He is survived by three adult children, Ken Cooke of San Diego, CA, David Cooke of Elmhurst, IL, and Dan Cooke of Newburgh, NY; three daughters-in-law; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and a son, Calvin, of Royal Oak, MI. He is also survived by a brother James of Bellingham, WA, a sister-in-law Gwen Cooke of Bellingham, WA, a sister-in-law Patty Cooke of Ashland, North Carolina and a sister-in-law Pat Jaynes of Stillwater, OK. A brother George passed away in 2007. Bob was born in Columbus, Ohio March 4, 1927 and attended the Ohio State University, where he earned a BS degree in Business Administration in 1948 and a Masters degree in Economics in 1950. He started his career with Nationwide Insurance of Columbus, OH and worked for several corporations throughout his career as an accountant and later in his career as a Corporate Controller. In addition to Ohio, Bob's career took him to Michigan, Tennessee, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey before retiring to Arizona in 1992. He was married for 52 years to his wife Phyllis, who passed away in 2003. He will be honored at a memorial service at the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, 13658 W. Meeker Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375. Phone number (623) 584-2280. The service will be held at 11:00 AM, this Saturday, December 15th, 2012 with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 13, 2012